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apocalypse is coming. and one sort of sees it subliminally in people like michele bachmann when the debt ceiling crisis came to a head and people were warning that we would be downgraded, and if we actually defaulted, we would possibly have to lower our standard of living and credit from abroad could dry up. and her attitude was sort of, bring it on, if we're all going to abide in the bosom of the lord, by and by, it really doesn't matter whether we default. >> was that just rhetoric we heard on television? >> oh, that's mainly rhetoric. but i think it does carry over into the mentality of maximalist obstruction, no compromise, because of course when you are with the saints and the opposition is with the sinners, you are doing evil if you compromise. >> you write that we now have a de facto religious test for public office, notwithstanding that the constitution says we must not have one. how does this play out? >> well, we saw it in 2008, when a pastor brought obama and mccain before a live audience and quizzed them about their religiosity. that was rick warren. we really don't need that
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funders of michele bachmann, who is a darling of the religious right. they don't care particularly, i would assume, about her religious foibles. what they care about is the bottom line. and these religious right candidates, many of them believing in the health and wealth, name it and claim it prosperity gospel, believe that the rich are sanctified and the poor punished. >> many of those people on the right would tell you that the fall in the income of middle-class people and others has been because of obama's economic policies. >> i think they're suffering from selective amnesia. they also don't understand that george bush doubled the national debt, that the original meltdown on wall street occurred during george bush's watch, and by the time obama became president in 2009, we were already well into the recession. now i don't defend him in every way. i don't say that everything he's done is right by any means. i have all kinds of issues with him on the health care legislation. for instance, his willingness to play ball with pharma made the bill cost a lot more than it need. >> the pha
other people we are forgetting about. there is still michelle bachmann, ne gingrh, rick saorum rand paul. there is a whole body of far- right conservatives sayaying they have experience. >> i tnk we should not write off romney. i think he will be a very tough executiv if ectend if it is possible toto move the party at all to the center -- at all -- he will try to do that because that is the way heoverns. >> finally, could he not have had just one humorous anecdote about mitt romney? >> there were no ananecdotes about mitt romney. none. she said he is a funny guy. >> people would say richard nixon is funny. >> tell me what is funnier than putting a dog on the roof of your car and driving to your location? >> i hope the humane society heard that one. >> ok,k,ou heard it here. >> one of the few unforced errors i have ever heard. >> going to give mark and chararles the last word. we will see you next week after the democratic national convention. >> "inside washington" is brought to you ipart by the american federation of government employees -- proud to make america work.
still be allowed. >> there is still michele bachmann. there is still new to gingrich. -- newt gingrich. they're still rand paul. there is a body of far-right conservatives who say they have experience. >> we should not write off romney. if elected, i think he will make a very tough executive. if it is possible to use a party at all -- to move a party at all to the center, he will try to do that. >> finally, could we not have had just one humorous anecdote about mitt romney? >> there were no anecdotes. she said he is a funny guy. how many times did you hear that richard nixon is funny? >> tell me what is funnier than putting a dog on the roof of a car and driving to your vacation. >> i hope the humane society heard that one. >> you heard it here. >> one of the few unforced errors. >> going a good mark and charles the last word. we will see you next week -- going to give mark and charles the last word. we will see you next week. >> for a transcript of this broadcast, log onto insidewashington.tv. >> "inside washington" is brought to you in part by the american federation of gove
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